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NDA Syllabus

NDA written is divided into two papers namely Mathematics & General Abilities Test (GAT). The NDA 1, exam is to be conducted on 16th April’23 & NDA 2 exam will be held on 3rd September’23.

NDA Syllabus 2023 - Overview

Check exam pattern in the table below:

Name of the ExamNational Defence Academy
Conducting BodyUPSC
Frequency of ExamsTwice in a year (Apr. & Sept.)
Exam ModeOffline
Paper in NDA
1. Mathematics
2. General Ability Test (GAT)
Marks No. of Questions Negative Marks Exam Duration Marks
2.5 Hours
General Ability Test (GAT)
2.5 Hours
600 Marks

NDA Syllabus Pattern

The Mathematics exam has 120 questions of 300 marks & GAT will have English & GK of 200 & 400 marks respectively.

Exam 1 - Mathematics

Total Marks Total Number of Questions Marks Awarded For Right Answers Marks Deducted For Wrong Answers Exam Duration
300 Marks
2.5 Marks
0.83 Marks
2.5 Hours

Exam 2 - General Ability Test Exam Patters

Exam 2 - General Ability Test (GAT)

Total Marks600 Marks
Total No. of Questions150
No. of Questions in English50
No. of Questions in GK100
Max Marks for English200 Marks
Max Marks for GK400 Marks
Marks for Correct Answers4 Marks in both
Marks for Incorrect Answers-1.33 Marks in both
Exam Durations2.5 Hours

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